How to Apply

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to enroll the most outstanding young leaders from across Africa and around the world – ALA is not only looking for young people who are smart and excel in the academic environment, we are looking for young people with the potential to lead and impact the world around them through their courage, initiative and innovation.

  Complete application online  
  Download application forms  

Our Selection Process:

ALA’s application and selection process is very rigorous to ensure that we select the most outstanding students from across Africa with the potential to drive change.

The process is as follows:


ALA’s selection process is extremely competitive. The Academy receives several thousand applications from most African countries each year. These applicants come from a wide range of social, economic, cultural & educational backgrounds. The application includes short questions and essays and must be submitted with academic transcripts. Please check the admissions timeline below to confirm the application deadline for your country.


At this stage approximately 400 finalists are selected to attend Finalist events held across the continent. At these events, finalists write entrance exams, participate in group activities & are interviewed one-on-one by the ALA Admissions team. Finalists are also required to submit teacher recommendations.


  ALA is different from any other school because of its people and core subjects that help shape great leaders. You can forget some topics like chemistry, economics or mathematics but you will never forget the people.  
  Coumba Mbodji, Class of 2012  

The hardest part of the selection process: the Academy is only able to select ~100 students from the pool of extraordinary finalists to attend the Academy. All finalists will be notified of their admissions status by April 15, 2015.

2014-2015 Timeline:

Our application window is officially open! Candidates this year can apply online through our application portal. We offer this web-based application in hopes that it will make our application process as easy and convenient as possible for you. Click here to register and complete the form. If you prefer to download and print the application, please click on the links provided below the timeline. 


12 December, 2014

Regular Decision Deadline for candidates from all African countries and the rest of the world. 

January – February, 2015

All candidates notified of their first round status. Those selected as finalists will be invited to interview with the Admissions team. Candidates with earlier submission dates will be notified first. All first round applicants will be notified by February 28, 2015. 

February – March, 2015

Finalist interviews will be conducted with candidates from across Africa and the world. 

15 April, 2015

All finalists notified of their admissions status by April 15th. Candidates who apply through our online portal will be able to check their application status online. Financial aid awards will be made by April 30.

15 May, 2015 Deadline for accepted students to finalize their enrolment. 

If you are not able to complete the application online, you may download the form in English, French or Portuguese. Please follow submission instructions on the first page of the form.


Application Forms

Download application form in English here  
Download application form in French here  
Download application form in Arabic here  
Download application form in Portuguese here  
Download the Gap Year application form here  

Should you wish to speak with an Admissions representative to learn more or even visit the Academy and receive a personal campus tour with an ALA student, please contact us on the following details:

ALA Admissions
Tel: +27 11 699 3000



The Academy is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The Academy’s policy in respect to admissions is consistent with African Leadership Academy’s policy on non-discrimination. As such, in accordance with our value of diversity and in compliance with South African law, ALA does not discriminate on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity (or tribal affiliation), wealth or income.